Tampa Florida Attractions
Tampa, located on the West coast of Florida, is about a 90 minute drive from Orlando, 45 minutes from Clearwater Beach and has a wealth of attractions to keep any visitor entertained.
The star of Tampa’s tourism is Busch Gardens and if you’ve never been, it’s a must see! Busch Gardens Tampa has something for every family member. World Class Roller Coasters that include the largest wooden roller coaster in the world, one with no floor, and 3 others that will make you scream! For the little ones, the Sesame Street Safari combines a jungle theme with your favorite Sesame Street characters and includes water fun, a show, and lots to see. Wear something you won’t mind getting wet. Jungala, the trains ride through the Serengeti and many other nooks and crannies of Busch Gardens provide ample opportunity to mix with the animals other than the ones you bring with you. Busch Gardens is at least an all-day event, so get there early and stay late.
Adventure Island is Busch Garden’s sister part in Tampa and is located right next door. This 30 acre waterpark is a local secret, with many of the area kids and teens getting summer passes and making in a daily routine. Treat yourself to some amazing water slides and the 17,000 square foot wave pool. Then when you’re ready to wind down, hop in an inner tube and float down the Rambling Bayou before heading back to the hotel.
Looking for something a little easier on the sunburn? The Florida Aquarium is unlike any other. The layout is designed to take you from the depths of the sea when you first enter to higher and higher elevations as you work your way through the educational exhibits. By the time you reach the top and see the tide pools and gator habitats of our Florida home, you’ll know as much as any native about the wildlife of Tampa Bay. The newest offering of the Florida Aquarium is actually outside - Wild Dolphin Ecotours will take you and your family into the bay to see Florida’s wildlife up close and personal. The Aquarium is located in Tampa’s Channelside District, home of great cruise ships, The Tampa Bay Lightning and Channelside Bay Plaza. Walk past the Port and into the Plaza for restaurants, live music and an Imax theater. Tampa is a unique city, settled by Cuban and Italian immigrants, invaded by pirates, you can get the whole story at the Tampa History Museum in Channelside as well.
The Tampa History Museum isn’t the end of the art scene in Tampa. Take your kids to the brand new Glazer Children’s Museum and our Tampa Museum of Art and enjoy Gasparilla Plaza and the beginning of Tampa’s Riverwalk. Located on the Hillsborough River that runs adjacent to downtown Tampa, you won’t be able to miss the architectural jewel of the city, the University of Tampa. The spires of UT preside over campus recognized as a National Historic Landmark, and that’s not just because Babe Ruth signed his first professional baseball contract there!
After you learn about Tampa at the History Museum, why not hop on the trolley and head for Ybor City? It’s a quick ride from the Florida Aquarium and the best place to see Tampa’s Cuban and Italian heritage as well as the most eclectic shops and popular night clubs in the area. 7th Avenue is reminiscent of a little New Orleans, fascinating by day and a place to go a little crazy after hours. Here is where you must try a real Cuban sandwich for lunch and enjoy the world famous Columbia Restaurant, known for both the food and its atmosphere.
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